We run a mobile clinic to provide support and treatment to working donkeys in Romania. Veterinary care here is very hard to access and without the support of our mobile clinic, these donkeys are unlikely to have any treatment at all.
You may remember the story of Misu, a donkey treated by our vets two years ago after being stabbed behind his ears. Our vets have been checking Misu since they began treating the wounds to his ears and on their latest visit, found him to be in good general health but due to have his teeth filed and hooves trimmed. Gheorghe watched closely while the vets worked, concerned that Misu was kept calm and comfortable.
Misu’s owner Gheorghe supports his family by selling cheese produced by a small number of goats that he keeps in the hills overlooking the Danube. Gheorghe explained that Misu brings food up the hill for the goats, saying “Without Misu we could not feed our animals. Without our animals, this family would starve.”
The team also arranged to meet three donkeys in the small village of Siliţea, near Cernavoda, in the yard of a farmer who uses donkeys to carry supplies to his sheep and shepherds in the mountains.
One of the donkeys was 21 years old and worked pulling a cart as his owner’s only means of transporting themselves and their goods to market. This donkey was reluctant to have his mouth opened and after a few patient attempts, Roxana discovered that his reluctance was probably due to him having three very sharp points on his teeth. After the sharp points were expertly filled away, the donkey was immediately more comfortable and Roxana was able to move on to looking at his feet. The front two hooves were overgrown and his back left hoof was twisted inwards as a result of having never been looked after by a farrier. After treating the hooves, the donkey was in a much healthier condition to return to work.
Roxana then spent time speaking with the owner about the treatments she had done and giving advice on how he can keep his donkey healthy in the future.
There are an estimated 30,000 donkeys in Romania, the majority of which are working donkeys. We would like to raise enough funds to run our mobile clinic for an extra day each week so that we can reach even more working donkeys and provide the help that they desperately need.